iPhone 8 reminds me why I don't like fake home buttons...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Starfyre, Sep 22, 2017.

  1. Starfyre macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    Having stopped by an Apple store with the possibility of picking up an iPhone 8, I had a strange feeling when pushing down on the home button. An Apple rep told me it was a vibration/haptic feedback. I much prefer the real home button that you can press down for real.

    After spending some time with the phone, it looks really nice (though apps I tried to open that used AR crashed)... though I can’t get over the fake home button even though it looks pretty.

    What do you guys think of the fake home button on the iPhone 8? How does the haptic feedback feel to you?

    For me, the experience with the home button has been another push towards me leaning more on waiting for the X.
  2. pullfocus macrumors 65816


    Sep 17, 2009
    LA, CA
    When I went from the 6 to the 7+, it felt different at first, but within a day or two I got used to it and haven't thought about it since. So much so that when I got my iPad Pro 10.5", it felt different havng an actual home button be a button.

    Now, neither of them feel odd or different.
  3. deadworlds macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2007
    Citrus Heights,CA
    Well the fake home button has been here since the 7. I have to say that after spending a year with it, i don't mind it at all and actually think the haptic feedback does a great job. You can adjust how strong the feedback is.
  4. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    It was that way on the 7/7+ last year. You get used to it. It doesn’t really matter what you prefer, Apple has decided that for you.
  5. techspin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2014
    Feels fine to me. Previous mechanical home buttons were inconsistent so this is an improvement.
  6. kevjen888 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008
    I have tendinitis around my thumb and wrist, I feel much comfortable light press the home button on 7 than my 6S
  7. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    It does indeed feel a bit weird. You can, however, set the "strength" of the vibration and bringing that up to the highest setting has made it feel more like it used to. It's not perfect but it's not terrible.

    As for it being like that on the 7, I'd wager that most 8 buyers didn't have a 7 so it's a "new" feature for a lot of people.
  8. Strelok macrumors 6502a


    Jun 6, 2017
    United States
    It feels odd, but I think I’ll end up getting used to it soon enough.
  9. solodogg macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2011
    Love the solid state home button. No more cleaning the button with rubbing alcohol every few weeks to get the clicky feeling to go away, and no more wobbly loose home button after 6-7 months of daily use. IMO, this was the best upgrade on the iPhone 7.
  10. snarlz macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2011
    United Kingdom
    Feels like it won’t break and fail. Unlike everyone’s favourite the 4.
  11. lah macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2010
    I like it the fake home button. The home button on my iPad Pro feels mushy.
  12. PhillyGuy72 macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2014
    Philadelphia, PA USA
    It's different, I keep wanting to push harder. I'll get used to it, it doesn't bother me.
    I have to try some of these AR apps, just basically finished setting up this as a new phone. I connect it to iTunes and it wants me to set it up again - or use a backup. Right now iTunes can't see the new phone.

    Itunes has always drove me up the wall...but this new iTunes, ugh!
  13. Phonzoxd macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2013
    Different at first, got use to it within hours and it feels great now.
  14. predation macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2013
    One less point of failure. My engineer said it was one of the better design/function updates
  15. Giantsbabe macrumors newbie


    Feb 13, 2013
    Wow, I am so glad to see this thread. Coming from m a 6s plus to an 8 plus, and having several iPads, I thought my new phone home button was broken. Now I get it. Thanks so much
  16. txjeep macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2009
  17. Cseabreeze macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2017

    Moving from the 6 to the 7 I almost brought back the 7 after feeling the new home button. Was going to be a total deal breaker I thought. Felt artificial. Hated it.

    After using it over time I think I actually prefer it. It becomes the new norm, and set to maximum feedback is my preference. Using the old home button still feels good but feels almost like a lesser quality experience.

    So my advice would be don't let that sway you at all.
  18. frankdogg macrumors 6502


    Mar 24, 2011
    Mid-Wilshire LA
    I don't miss the physical home button. You get over it real quick. You can also adjust the haptic feedback when "pressing" the home button on the 7/8
  19. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    I actually don't miss the physical home button as well. I was actually used to the right when I got it. Particularly I have the 13 inch MBP Pro 2015 with force touch track pad and I've grown to get used to it. I knew that it would come to the iPhone (which it did, and love it)
  20. phillytim, Sep 22, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2017

    phillytim macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    Seriously - anyone who freaks about about the thought of a "fake" home button on the 7 & 8 should just stick with their old 6/5/4/whatever forever.

    It's STILL a home button with TouchID on the 7 & 8, which is a lot more than can be said about the X.
  21. Cseabreeze macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2017
  22. Matyou98 macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2012
    I think making the phone water resistant was the key reason the change was made. Having the 7+ since launch this change has not made me prefer one over the other. It works now and has worked consistently before I had the 7+.

    Knowing my phone can now get wet when previously it couldn't makes the home button change worth it to me.
  23. Alexander.Of.Oz, Sep 22, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2017

    Alexander.Of.Oz macrumors 68030


    Oct 29, 2013
    Adelaide, Australia
    Coming from the 6, I actually really like the Haptic Feedback of the 8 plus button! I'm even enjoying using 3-D Touch! Something I had previously thought was just a gimmick!

    Just goes to show that you can train an old dog to do new tricks! ;)
  24. sdwaltz macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2015
    When I got my 7 last year, it took me all of 2 minutes to get used to it.

    Now, like if I’m helping my dad out with his phone (he has a 6S+), the “real” home button feels straight-up weird. I don’t like the travel.
  25. Cseabreeze macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2017
    That's a good way to describe it.

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